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WASH in Emergencies


WASH in Emergencies

Providing access to safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and is essential to any humanitarian response. Water and sanitation programming, alongside hygiene promotion, is key to reducing deaths from water-related diseases in emergency contexts. This highly participatory course, with group exercises and theory based sessions, provides an overview of WASH in emergencies, identifying key issues and training participants on key technical skills.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of WASH within the wider emergency response context

  • List the minimum global and institutional standards for WASH

  • Identify and evaluate potential emergency water supply sources

  • Conduct tests to determine the quality of water and be able to describe or demonstrate both bulk and household level water treatment techniques

  • Identify appropriate short and medium term options for sanitation and excreta disposal in a range of environments, including those with high water tables, or flooded areas

  • Explain the key considerations to be taken when designing a cholera outbreak response and the principles of disease surveillance and prevention

  • Explain the importance of hygiene promotion to WASH programming and demonstrate community engagement techniques

  • Recognise the key design features and specifications for boreholes and evaluate the performance of drilling contractors 

Course Overview:

Registration will take place from 8.45 am on Monday. Training will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.00 pm. Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by an hour lunch break and 15 minute coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

From the second day, training begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Every day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

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Course Overview

Course Length
5 Days
£649.00 - £1211.00
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